Effects of STANO Sensors on Small Unit Effectiveness--Part II
Technical research rept.
ARMY BEHAVOIR AND SYSTEMS RESEARCH LAB ARLINGTON VA
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Continuing research is being conducted by the Behavior and Systems Research Laboratory in the STANO Performance Optimization Program formerly Night Operations directed toward enhancement of combat soldier performance in night operations utilizing night vision devices and related sensors. Eighteen squads were tested on each of three mixes with three sensors per mix for two tactical deployments of the sensors. For each mix a total of 144 targets were presented under starlight, a total of 72 targets under moonlight. Sensors employed included the Starlight Scope, ANPVS-2 SS, Listening Post Surveillance Device, ANPPS-14 PPS-14, Patrol Seismic Intrusion Device, ANGSQ-151 PSID, and Hand-Held Thermal Viewer, ANPAS-7 HHTV. Results showed that a higher quality of target information is obtained with the mix containing one PSID, one SS, and one HHTV than with the other mixes tested. All mixes showed a substantial loss of information as reports were transmitted from squad leader to platoon leader, particularly with regard to quality of information. Under high illumination, quality of performance improved for mixes containing a Starlight Scope. The number of false reports was small for all sensors and mixes, but was higher for the HHTV than for the other sensors. Results strongly suggest the need for improved procedures of more adequate training, or both.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Optical Detection and Detectors
- Infrared Detection and Detectors
- Magnetic and Electric Field Detection and Detectors
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment